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Everything you need to know about The CEO Magazine’s Executive of the Year Awards

Celebrate the outstanding contributions made by the CEOs, managing directors and senior management who drive Australia’s leading organisations.

2019 Executive of the Year Awards

Recognition. Exposure. Celebration.

This year marks a significant milestone on Australia’s business calendar – The CEO Magazine’s 10th annual Executive of the Year Awards. From CEOs to entrepreneurs, celebrate the inspiring achievements of your colleagues who deserve recognition, perhaps now more than ever after a challenging 2020.

No matter where you were in the world last year, everyone was forced to navigate the unprecedented events of COVID-19. While Australia is the envy of the world as business slowly starts to return to normal, what better way to celebrate the extraordinary leaders who guided corporations through the pandemic than with the esteemed awards.

View the full list of winners from the 2020 Executive of the Year Awards!

As one of the most prestigious corporate events for the year, our black-tie gala dinner allows the industry to come together, shining a light on the individuals who have achieved greatness despite the challenges and hardships faced.

Attracting insightful leaders across all business fields, previous attendees and award winners include the likes of Mark Nielsen, Gina Rinehart, Barry Fitzgerald, Christine Holgate, Steve Baxter, Lorna Jane Clarkson, John Winning, Janine Allis and Michael Ebeid.


Applications are now open.


Why attend the 2021 Executive of the Year Awards?



After everything that happened in the world in the last year, it’s important to take time to recognise the incredible leadership exhibited by the nominees and winners of the Executive of the Year Awards.




Many of Australia’s leading brands and professionals will be in one room, creating an exceptional networking opportunity for you to connect with highly valuable contacts and industry leaders.




Be inspired by the leaders of this nation and learn from your peers to set you up for greater success in the future, whether you’re an aspiring or established business leader.



Why enter The CEO Magazine’s business awards?

As well as recognition, exposure, an opportunity to network with the leading players in Australian business and a celebration thrown in your honour, winners across the business awards categories receive an elegant trophy and media coverage from The CEO Magazine and other outlets.

This year will be unlike any other, and for the first time, two winners of the CEO of the Year Award will grace the cover of The CEO Magazine’s ANZ December issue and will be invited to join the judging panel for the 2022 awards.

A sophisticated wrap-up on the entire awards and all the winners will feature in The CEO Magazine ANZ January/February 2022 special edition.

For 2021, The CEO Magazine has added a number of new categories, making getting involved easier than ever before. See the full list of categories here. Applications close 9 July 2021.

What can I expect from the event?

Hosted at The Star, Sydney, on 24 February 2022, the awards will be bursting with glamour, accolades and excitement. Following the 2020 virtual event, the black-tie soiree will be back bigger and better than ever before. More details about the 2021 event will be released soon, including vaccination requirements, which is to be confirmed. In the meantime, relive the thrill of the 2019 Executive of the Year Awards, held at Crown Melbourne.



Are you interested in being a sponsor in a future event? Find out more here.


Thank you to our 2020 Sponsors

Our sponsors are our valued partners and we had a diverse mix of brands on board for 2020. Thank you to Maserati for being our major sponsor for the virtual event. We’re honoured to welcome back Maserati as our major sponsor for the 2021 Awards.

Maserati Sponsors CEO of the Year



Categories and criteria

Don’t submit your application without reading this first. We outline all of the ‘must haves’ to ensure that you’re eligible to enter this year’s awards.


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The judging panel

Our impressive line-up of judges for 2021 will be announced soon.


Meet 2020's judges


Our 2020 winner

We spoke to Louise Adams of Aurecon to learn more about her journey and discover what she did to be crowned 2020 CEO of the Year.


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Applications for the 2021 awards are now open.

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